One of the things we love about our new neighborhood is its pedestrian- and bike-friendly layout. We are a stone’s throw from the ponds and paths in the heart of The Market Common district and about a mile from Myrtle Beach State Park, an easy walk.
On Sunday, Feb. 2, we birded the woodland trails southwest of the state park entrance station, where we had a nice view of a hermit thrush perched on a tree branch. On Sunday, Feb. 9, we walked around our neighborhood, finding Eastern bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers, and a brown-headed nuthatch. We then headed to the pond behind the Crabtree Gym, where we spotted a lone Ross’s goose swimming among the Canada geese.
This small white goose with black wingtips winters in the Western U.S. but has been working its way eastward. Ross’s geese have been spotted in The Market Common area off and on since around Christmas, and we saw three of them one day in a large flock of Canada geese. Last Sunday there was only one Ross’s but it was close enough to photograph. Near the end of our walk, a northern mockingbird patiently posed for a portrait.